Adult Courses

 

The courses listed below start in April. To request a course guide when it is available please, or to make enquiries about starting a course, email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk (provide your postal address and ask for ‘Adult Course Guide 2018-2019’)

Taking step 2 in the Spanish language.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 23 April 2019       Time:  6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  9 weeks                              Fee:  £90

Course dates:    Tuesday 23, 30 April

Tuesday 7, 14, 21 May

No class Tuesday 28 May – half term holiday

Tuesday 4, 11, 18, 25 June

 

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This course will boost your confidence when speaking in Spanish, whether purely for fun at home and with friends, or to communicate with locals on holiday.  It is ideal if you have already taken our “Survive in Spanish” course or have learned a few basics somewhere else and want to improve.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

You will build on what you already know (basic greetings and phrases, the Spanish alphabet and some numbers, vocabulary used when shopping, ordering food and drink, talking about the weather).  You will practise using different tenses so that you can talk about what’s happening now, what happened in the past and what you expect or hope to happen in the future.  Discussion of holidays, holiday homes, careers and leisure time will add to your vocabulary as you work through the course.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in improving their basic Spanish.

  • Anyone who has always wanted to speak another language but who has never quite had the confidence to try!
  • Anyone who is not afraid to make mistakes! Learning a language is all about having a go!
  • Anyone who wants to experience the satisfaction of making the effort to be understood in Spanish. A smile from a Spanish local in reward for saying something in Spanish is worth its weight in gold!
  • Anyone who loves to talk and enjoy themselves whilst learning!
  • Someone who may be interested in continuing to learn Spanish in more depth at a later point.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is a leisure course Spanish and has no formal assessment. The aim of the course is to become increasingly confident pronouncing, speaking and understanding Spanish. You will build up your knowledge of Spanish vocabulary and the aim is to increase your ability to create extended sentences in Spanish as the course progresses.

 

Who will teach you?

Victoria Brown.  Victoria is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about teaching the Spanish language, having fallen totally in love with it at the age of 14 whilst on a Spanish Exchange! She went on to gain a BA Hons in Spanish from the University of Hull just over 20 years ago.

Victoria then successfully completed a Master of Arts (MA) in European Cultures and Societies, specialising in analysing Spanish literature.

She gained a teaching qualification the following year (PGCE) in order to begin many rewarding years teaching Spanish in Secondary schools.

Victoria is an outstanding teacher, known for her boundless energy and ability to enable her students to be confident, successful learners.

Step 3 in the Spanish language.

Course Starts:   Monday 29 April 2019        Time:  6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  7 weeks                              Fee:  £70

Course dates:    Monday 29 April

No class Monday 6 May – Bank Holiday

Monday 13, 20 May

No class Monday 27 May – half term holiday

Monday 3, 10, 17, 24 June

 

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This course will allow you to continue to feel even more confident in Spanish whilst increasing your Spanish vocabulary and improving your knowledge of Spanish grammar.  It is ideal if you have already completed our “Feel more confident in Spanish!” course (course 2).

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

You will revise vocabulary and grammar from the previous courses as well as building on what you already know. The Present, Preterite and Future Tenses will be revisited and examined in greater depth. You will also learn to manipulate the Imperfect (saying what you used to do) and Conditional Tenses (saying what you would like to do). You will even learn to give commands in Spanish! New topics such as your daily routine, healthy living, asking for information at the Tourist Office, arranging to go out and discussing holidays will be covered.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in continuing to improve their basic Spanish.

  • Anyone who has some knowledge of Spanish grammar and simply wants to keep learning!
  • Anyone who is not afraid to make mistakes! Learning a language is all about having a go!
  • Anyone who wants to experience the satisfaction of making the effort to be understood in Spanish. A smile from a Spanish local in reward for saying something in Spanish is worth its weight in gold!
  • Anyone who loves to talk and enjoy themselves whilst learning!
  • Someone who may be interested in continuing to learn Spanish in more depth at a later point.

If you are new to our college and want to check whether this step 3 course is for you, please enquire.  We will forward enquiries to the tutor Vikki, and she will advise which course is appropriate for you.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is a leisure course in Spanish and has no formal assessment. The aim of this course is to become increasingly confident whilst speaking Spanish and to obtain a greater understanding of how the Spanish language works.

 

Who will teach you?

Victoria Brown.  Victoria is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about teaching the Spanish language, having fallen totally in love with it at the age of 14 whilst on a Spanish Exchange! She went on to gain a BA Hons in Spanish from the University of Hull just over 20 years ago.

Victoria then successfully completed a Master of Arts (MA) in European Cultures and Societies, specialising in analysing Spanish literature.

She gained a teaching qualification the following year (PGCE) in order to begin many rewarding years teaching Spanish in Secondary schools.

Victoria is an outstanding teacher, known for her boundless energy and ability to enable her students to be confident, successful learners.

 

The opportunity to further develop your skills as a creative writer in a fun and friendly environment.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 23 April  Time: 6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  9 weeks                  Fee:  £90

Course dates:    Tuesday 23, 30 April

Tuesday 7, 14, 21 May

No class Tuesday 28 May – half term holiday

Tuesday 4, 11, 18, 25 June

 

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This is a course for anybody with an interest in writing creatively.  Perhaps you have a novel in you, but are not too sure how to start writing it.  Maybe you would like to learn a new, creative skill.  Or perhaps you would just like to come along and meet some friendly, like-minded people.

What are the key topics it will cover?

The first few weeks of the course will cover some essential skills for writers, such as ‘show, don’t tell’ and writing effective dialogue.  There will be two novel writing workshops in which you will be able to plan and begin to write your novel.  There will be a session on poetry and two sessions on writing in a particular genre.  (The genres we will cover will depend on what the class wants to do.)  The final session will focus on what to do with your work and tips on how to get your work published.

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in learning to writing creatively (or wanting to practise alongside like-minded people).

  • Anyone who has always had an interest in writing but hasn’t had the confidence to do anything about it.
  • Anyone who fancies trying something different, challenging and imaginative.
  • Anyone who has does some writing and would like a group of writers to share ideas with.
  • Anyone who has a potential bestselling novel in them and isn’t quite sure how to bring it out!
  • A potential blogger, journalist or poet.
  • Anyone who wants to know how to get their work published or is interested in entering writing competitions.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No.  This is an introductory course which will cover basic writing techniques in a number of different styles.  You will get the opportunity to focus on what you are interested in and be able to share your writing with others in a safe space.  Your writing, and your confidence as a writer, will improve as a result.

 

Who will teach you?

Karen Kendrick.

Karen is a qualified English teacher but her true passion is writing.  She has always loved writing and in 2014, after spending a few years looking after her children, decided to follow her dream and undertake an MA in Creative Writing (Experiment & Innovation).

Since then she has had several short stories published by Bridge House publishing, has written a novel and has a writing blog.

Karen is passionate not only about her own writing but also about helping fellow writers to achieve their dream too.

 

Step 3 in the German language.

Course Starts:   Monday 29 April 2019        Time:  6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  7 weeks                              Fee:  £70

Course dates:    Monday 29 April

No class Monday 6 May – Bank Holiday

Monday 13, 20 May

No class Monday 27 May – half term holiday

Monday 3, 10, 17, 24 June

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

Why take this course?

Do you already have a little previous knowledge of the German language?  Would you like to build on what you already know?  Then this course will suit you very well!  If you would like to be able to speak about more than the weather and directions, this course will help you getting there. Whilst socialising with others and having fun learning new things you will extend your knowledge and boost your confidence.

What are the key topics it will cover?

This course builds on the content of the “Next steps in German” course, which included conversational basics, transport and directions, shopping, holidays, clothing and some grammar such as articles and cases.  In this course we will revisit those topics to ensure in-depth learning. Additionally, we will also cover grammatical tenses and word order. Depending on the weekly progression of the class the speed and contents will be tailored to your wishes and needs.

 

Who will this course suit?

  • Anyone who has some previous knowledge of the German language and is now ready to take it a little bit further!
  • Anyone who is open to new experiences and contacts and not afraid to make mistakes – mistakes are there to learned from!
  • Anyone who is keen on learning and trying out new things, whilst being highly rewarded with successful outcomes.
  • Anyone wanting to meet other people with the same interest.
  • Students might have already completed our “Get Started in German” and “Next Steps in German” course, or might have gained their basic skills somewhere else – it does not matter! If you want to check your level of learning, please get in touch with us.

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is an informal course. The aim of the course is to step into a new language and build upon those skills week by week. You will be gaining strong vocabulary knowledge and getting more and more confident in the language as the course progresses.

Who will teach you?

Divia Lorenz.  Divia is a highly motivated German native who moved to the UK almost 2 years ago. She moved abroad due to career opportunities whilst building strong language skills.

She is currently working towards her teaching qualification and started teaching German as part of that progression. She is extremely enthusiastic and enjoys teaching her native language to motivated learners!

Being originally from Germany, Divia is highly confident in the subject and can relate to the different stages of learning a second language. She is a young and driven individual, who will make every lesson a fun session.

Course Starts:   Monday 29 April 2019        Time:  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Course length:  7 weeks                              Fee   £70

Course dates:    Monday 29 April

No class Monday 6 May – Bank Holiday

Monday 13, 20 May

No class Monday 27 May – half term holiday

Monday 3, 10, 17, 24 June

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest in this course.

 

Why take this course?

Adobe Photoshop is one of the creative design industries’ leading and most widely-used software package for image editing and design.  This Digital and Manipulation course will introduce you to a broad range of techniques using the latest software on PC platforms.  The course is designed to have a balance of hands on practical exercises and demonstrations through which you will learn various tools such as filters, layer masks and cloning tools to create high standard imagery.  You will be encouraged to use your own photographs during the design processes and work towards developing a strong professional portfolio in completion of the course.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

Course content will include:

  • Understanding of the computer use and Photoshop overview
  • Photoshop basics such as dodge, burn, sponge and adjustment tools
  • Introduction to ‘layers’ and ‘layer masks’
  • Multiple exposures using layers and blending modes
  • Design a ‘DADA’ style montage billboard design using your own photographs, brushes and text
  • Sharpening, smoothing and removing blemishes on a portrait using layer masks and clone/patch/spot healing brush tools
  • Straightening and whitening teeth using adjustment layers, brushes, cloning tool and transformations
  • Understanding of image output (size and print) – portfolio development

If you have any of your own personal learning objectives your tutor will try to accommodate these topics where possible.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course will suit learners who are first-time users of Photoshop and those who already have a little experience.  Although principally targeted at learners who wish to develop their skills as a hobby, the course will also be of interest to anybody considering a career in the photographic industry eg as a freelance photographer, photo editor, photographer’s assistant or technician.

You should have your own digital camera with a lead for transferring images onto the computer.  You will also need a USB memory stick so that you can store your edited photographs.

As you will be working with a computer, you must have basic IT skills: You need to be able to create new folders on a PC desktop, save images and use menus.  Some understanding of how to use Photoshop would be an advantage but is not essential.  See the checklist.

Your work will be personal to you, so above all you need to be prepared to “have a go” and experiment with different ideas.

 

 

Skills checklist for Digital Manipulation (Photoshop) course – beginners to intermediates

Do you have basic IT/pc skills?  You must know how to use general PC computer menus.

Do you have a digital camera with a computer lead?  (If you don’t have a lead you will need a card reader.)

Do you know how to transfer a photograph from your memory card to a computer document folder? (copy and paste method or drag and drop method)

Do you have a pen drive on which to store your work?

The skills indicated above will not be taught on this course.  If you cannot answer “yes” to the questions we suggest that you improve your IT skills before considering this type of course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No.  There are no formal assessments but your tutor will review progress and provide individual feedback throughout the course.  We will ask you to review your learning to make sure that everything on the course is meeting your expectations.

At the end of the course you will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which details the topics you have covered.

 

Who will teach you?

Amy Newton.  Amy is a qualified Teacher with a BA (Hons) in Photography. She works as a Freelance Photographer specialising in weddings, portraits, fashion, events and special occasions. With over 7 years photographic industry experience, she had had the privilege of working for clients such as Sales Sharks Rugby Team, Coronation Street, Johnnie Walker and Bradley Wiggins. Her passion for photography extends to Director of Photography for DV8 Manchester magazine and Editorial Photographer for White Noise Magazine and Sar Magazine. She is a highly creative and skilled photographer with an innovative vision and strive to push photographic boundaries. She is keen to teach creative individuals the “tricks of the trade” when using photographic technologies and pass on her broad knowledge in this particular field.

Pre-course assessments 2018/2019

Some courses have entry requirements in order to assess whether these courses are appropriate for you as a learner.

To enrol for the GCSE English course you must have already have a D at GCSE or a Functional English level 2 qualification.  If you do not meet this requirement you can download a pre-course assessment via the link below or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.

 

Pre-Course Assessment GCSE English

To enrol for the GCSE Maths course you must already have a D at GCSE or Functional Maths at level 2.  If you do not meet this requirement you will need to complete the pre-course assessment in college.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

To enrol for GCSE Biology you must already have a maths GCSE at C or above, or be working towards this, or have a Functional Maths qualification at Level 2.

The evening Functional Maths and English will be for Level 1 and Level 2 only.

To check whether you are working at the appropriate level for the Functional English course, you can download a pre-course assessments via the link below, or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.  The completed handwritten assessment must be returned to college before 1st September.

 

Pre-Course Assessment Improve Your English

The Functional Maths assessment will take place in college.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

If you have any queries please email a.mcgrath@priestley.ac.uk for more information.

If you are you 19+ and uncertain about your future employment or career path , you can get  advice  from the National Careers Service who can provide you with help in making the right choices for learning and employment. To find out more or to contact them, please follow this link to their website.

http://www.learninglinks.co.uk/programme/national-careers-service

Click on the link below to find information and contact details of local and national organisations that can help you to make thoughtful and well-informed choices about your next steps in education, training or employment.

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Alternative formats of these documents  are available on request from the Adult Learner Services Team. Telephone 01925 624455.

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